The timing of the following seems too much of a coincidence to not be reality…. Just days after President Ahmadinejad made a speech at the UN pointing fingers of possible US involvement in the events of 9/11…. just weeks after speaking with the two major representatives of zion, Netanyahu and Abbas….

The above appears to have given Obama the inspiration to act as ‘Mr. Tuff Guy’….. just some thoughts to ponder.

FBI agents loading boxes of papers from activists’ homes (photo by Chicago Tribune)

US peace activists’ homes raided by FBI due to alleged support of PFLP

by Saed Bannoura

The US government conducted raids on the homes of at least three families in Chicago and Minneapolis on Friday, seizing property, papers and computers, and claiming that the activists had donated money to the left-wing group called the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The peace activists called the raids a preposterous fishing expedition, adding that they had worked for peace and justice for decades, and that the government was attempting to silence dissent and quash legitimate protest in the US.

While the raids are legal under a 2003 law called the ‘USA PATRIOT’ Act, those targeted by the raids say that they have nothing to hide, but that the investigative branch of the US government, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, is trying to make an example out of them.

Previous attempts by the US government to delegitimize peace groups through raids and accusations have resulted in charges being dropped or dismissed, as in the cases of Sami Al-Arian and of the Holy Land Foundation, both of which were accused of providing material support to Hamas. After years of harassment and, in Al-Arian’s case, imprisonment, the charges were found to be without merit, and were dismissed.

In Friday’s raids, the targets included long-time Chicago peace activists Stephanie Weiner and Joseph Iosbaker, Hatem Abudayyeh of the Arab American Action Network, and six more homes in Minneapolis. The activists whose homes were raided were all involved in protests against the Republican National Convention in 2008 in Minneapolis.

The group they are alleged to have supported with donations, the PFLP, is a socialist political party whose leader, Ahmed Saadat, was imprisoned in Jericho and seized by Israeli forces in a 2006 invasion of the Palestinian prison, for alleged involvement in the assassination of Israel’s tourism minister. While the PFLP claimed responsibility for many armed attacks against Israel during the second intifada, its armed wing is small and most of its claims were disproven in court as mere statements of bravado.

The US government has the PFLP listed as a ‘terrorist organization’ along with hundreds of other groups all over the world. The Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes the FBI and other government agencies, formed after the USA PATRIOT Act was passed, carried out the raids of the activists’ homes. The agency said the raids were part of an ongoing investigation of terrorist activity in the US.

Supporters of the activists, including neighbors and friends, gathered outside their homes for emergency rallies, as federal agents loaded trucks with boxes of personal and business papers from the activists’ homes.

Source via Uruknet


  1. September 25, 2010 at 19:54

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  2. Billy said,

    September 25, 2010 at 20:13

    This is why protesting does not work and never will work. Its a waste of time.

  3. Tessonome said,

    September 25, 2010 at 23:30

    @ Billy

    I don’t think that it is only a wast of time. Because even as it seems not to help instantly, to achieve what you want, it will inspire other people to find information and educate themselves.

    We must resist the -ism’s that enslaves people in making them pure economical targets with all the outrageous consequences.

  4. Chris Jones said,

    September 26, 2010 at 00:06

    I think the one activist is correct, who said this is being done to scare people e “The agency said the raids were part of an ongoing investigation of terrorist activity in the US.”
    You’d best back off from any ‘activism’ if you don’t want your home raided.
    why just PFLP ? Is this the plan for any of the other hundreds of organizations listed as terror groups by the U.S. government ?

  5. Thebes said,

    September 26, 2010 at 04:09

    Sounds like classic suppression of dissent.

    And they said it couldn’t happen in America.

    Guess what, its happening. When do we go to the camps?

  6. Robin said,

    September 26, 2010 at 06:37

    Just released: the National Lawyer’s Guild Report: The Policing of Political Speech

  7. Tessonome said,

    September 26, 2010 at 13:47

    @ Thebes,

    we do go to camps when the resources become extreme scarce.

  8. iampflp said,

    September 27, 2010 at 08:37

    Why the PFLP? I’ll tell you why…because they are the only organization that is truly dedicated to the liberation of Palestine. They have refused to bow down to the Zionist threat, modify their charter, or accept any portion of that poisoned apple called the peace process. They have repeatedly stated they will accept no less than the TOTAL LIBERATION OF PALESTINE – that is the pre 1948 borders, not just the ’67 ones. The PFLP grew out of the Arab Nationalist Movement, which the western powers and the zionist regime regard as a bigger threat for three main reasons: 1. It’s largely a secular movement that, unlike the religious movements, is not subject to religious rulings and modifications which may water down motivation to achieve the goal. 2. They’re wholly determined to unite the whole of the Arab lands which if becomes reality could lead to…3. An entirely self-sufficient power whose oil wealth and strategic placement could elevate them to superpower status rivaling that of the US. It’s that simple.

  9. iampflp said,

    September 27, 2010 at 09:03

    Think about it…why else would a group which has lost almost 90% of its power base still be considered such a grave threat warranting this kind of emergency response and targeted assassinations that would be typical of larger groups like Hamas? Simple. The Israelis and the US are very much aware that the PFLP could regain its old strength should the beleaguered Palestinian masses become disenfranchised with Hamas and Fatah. The PFLP have stated time and again that there will be no negotiations with the Zionists. They’ve boycotted the peace talks. They oppose the Oslo disaster. They do not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Believe me if these guys were to assume power in the PA, Israel would have no wiggle room and the peace talks would be dead where they stand. Israel and the US would be backed into a corner and that’s something Israel DOES NOT WANT. Hence all the federal fuss. And the current political storm could be just the thing the PFLP needs to regain its power base in the region.

  10. iampflp said,

    September 27, 2010 at 09:06

    Judging from the latest response from the Feds, it seems this very fact hasn’t been lost on the Zionists and their allies.

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